Shui Cultural Center Cultural Center by West-line Studio

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Shui Cultural Center

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Cultural Center

INSPIRATION:
The Cultural Center is inspired by Shui minority sacrificial rites, where bronze drums and altars are regarded as symbols of power. The architecture also evokes Shui unique pictograms. From the outside, with its water square, it stands as an open memorial place. While inside visitors are immerged into an introverted ritual atmosphere.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Located in the Southern Guizhou Province, Shui Cultural Center is a gateway to Sandu County, the land of the Shui. It includes three main stripes, combining all the functions of the tourist-cultural center. With its iconic and distinct shape, it stands as an homage to the local culture and traditional architecture. The Shui culture is evoked using particular materials and shapes and recreating a ritual space, able to lead visitors into Shui’s ancestral world.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The building guides visitors step by step into Shui’s ritual world. Starting from the open water memorial square, behind which the building shines with its bronze perforated skin which remembers sacrificial altars. To the interiors strongly characterized by the sharp pitched roof, which aims to recreate an intimate dramatic atmosphere.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Design: June 2016 - October 2016 Location: Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China Construction: October 2016 - November 2017 Location: Sandu County, Guizhou Province, China

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
1. Fair-faced Concrete: strongly marked by a wooden pattern, given by the pine quarterdecks 2. Copper Steel Plates: twelve industrial processes recreate the peculiar texture of the bronze used in Shui minority’s ancient rituals 3. Colorful Transparent Glass: Shui Characters, mainly used during ceremonies and sacrifices, are printed on colored glasses, filtering the light and evoking a ritual atmosphere

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Area surface: 13,808.04 sqm Building surface: 4,223.59 sqm Building max height: 23 m Tower height: 30 m

TAGS:
China, Guizhou Province, West-line studio, Cultural Center, Shui Minority, Concrete Architecture, Chinese Architecture, Pitched Roof, Concrete, Bronze

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The project focuses and researches on these main aspects: 1. Regional Connection: local peak-cluster landform 2. Public Life: contemporary public life model of Shui minority group in China 3. Ritual Atmosphere: bronze drums and altars used in Shui’s sacrifices 4. Lighting Atmosphere: filter Shui’s unique pictograms 5. Construction: handcrafted + industrial materials

CHALLENGE:
The main challenge has been to turn those typical and ritual elements of Shui minority’s culture, together with the whole scenario they used to create during Bronze Age traditional rites, into a contemporary public space.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-06 04:49:25

TEAM MEMBERS (8) :
- Design: Haobo Wei, Jingsong Xie, - Architecture and Landscape: Yudan Luo, - Site Construction Control: Haobo Wei, Minghua Ou, - Interior Design: Martina Muratori, - Structure: Yuanping Li, Xiaoqiang Yang, - Equipment: Hongbo Shi, - Research: Lanyu Xu, Danjing Zhong, Zhili Yin, Jing Shi, Yulan Xu and - Graphic: Martina Muratori, Jinda Zheng

IMAGE CREDITS:
Photo: Jingsong Xie, Jinda Zheng

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to West-line Studio, 2017.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.china-west-line.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
West-line Studio

PROFILE:
West-line Studio is an architectural practice based in Guiyang, Guizhou province, in South-West China, and exclusively works in this region. The practice was founded more than 10 years ago and has always been researching and working on contemporary vernacular architecture around the Karst geomorphologic area and local subcultures' diversity.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Shui Cultural Center Cultural Center by West-Line Studio is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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Shui Cultural Center Cultural Center by West-Line Studio is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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